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lieu

[loo] /lu/
noun
1.
place; stead.
Idioms
2.
in lieu of, in place of; instead of:
He gave us an IOU in lieu of cash.
Origin of lieu
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Middle French < Latin locus place; replacing Middle English liue < Old French liu < Latin; see locus
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  • This was his in lieu of the money which he would have earned if they had killed Lanning on the spot.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • In a pathetic sort of way, she mothered Christine in lieu of her own daughter.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • This is then properly transferred to us, in lieu of our cheque.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • The grinning death's head seal was appended in lieu of a signature, as before.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for lieu

lieu

/ljuː; luː/
noun
1.
stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place
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Word Origin and History for lieu

late 13c., from Old French lieu "place, position, situation, rank," from Latin locum (nominative locus) "place."

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Idioms and Phrases with lieu

lieu

see under instead of
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